Out and About: Gomez
  • FRIDAY, JULY 15, 2011

  • Posted by: Dominick Sorrentino

Photos By Dominick Sorrentino

Summer, plus Thursday night, plus music, added by Terminal 5 is a failsafe formula for a night worth photographing. Put English rock band Gomez under the flashing lights of the stage, and you end up with a sold out show, a throng of dancing people, mostly drunk, and fun times.

When Ian Ball announced that Good Old War would not be playing due to a series of unfortunate mishaps (bricks falling from the sky and crushing guitarist's hands, etc.), the audience didn't seem all that disappointed. It quickly became clear that they were there for one reason, and one reason only: to see Gomez. The replacement opener, singer-song-writer Joseph Arthur, held his ground with a myriad of folk tunes for time being, but not without inquiry from one fan who wanted to make sure that Gomez would still be playing (in spite of the fact that Ian Ball was the one who announced Arthur). Arthur responded to the concerned fan, assuring her that Gomez would be performing, and Gomez received their first official applause of the night without having played a single song.

There weren't any sober stretches once Gomez stormed the stage. From the moment that the hammering chord progressions and pounding drum beats broke on the scene, round two of the British invasion was under way. As usual, Terminal 5 had a few hiccups with sound during the first few tracks, and Gomez's sound-people had plenty to stay busy with, but it was nothing the band couldn't wash out with their punchy stage presence. Singer Tom Gray actually invited the sound people out to scream "Come Back" into the mics during the band's performance of "Ruff Stuff". It was a well deserved cameo.

For the most part, Gomez chose to keep things upbeat. Their performance of "In Our Gun" was the most sobering tune of the night, but the audience kept moving. Extended solos and powerful jams built on an already high energy tone, making it clear that Gomez preoccupied themselves with the experience more than the artistic showcasing of their music. This makes sense, since the band is an extension of a genre of English pop-rock pioneered by high energy English bands like The Who (though the show never quite reached that level of insanity). Nevertheless, Gomez appropriately closed out the performance with a booming version of "Whippin' Piccadilly" to wrap the entire package in wild ribbons.

Check out our thoughts on their latest, Whatever's On Your Mind, and see pictures from the show below.

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